Morning Prayers, at first rising

This entry is part 10 of 4 in the series THE DEVOTIONS of BISHOP ANDREWS

GLORY be to thee, O Lord, all glo-
ry be to thee, for the sleep which thou
hast graciously given me this night: A
seasonable recruit to the wastings, and a
kind intermission to the labours, of this
poor weak and wearied body.

And now, that thou hast added to the
number of my days, that this and every
day may be employed to the perfecting
of holiness in thy fear, and sweetened
with the comforts of health, of peace and
innocence, grant, O good Lord.

That the Angel of Peace, the holy
guide of thy children, the faithful guard
set by thee over their souls and bodies,
may encamp round about me, and con-
tinually suggest to my mind such things
as conduce to thy glory, and to my sal-
vation, grant, O good Lord.

That all the sins, offences, and ne-
glects of my days already gone, may, by
thy mercy, be freely pardoned, and en-
tirely done away, grant, O good Lord.

That it may please thee to bless the
world with prosperity and peace, but
chiefly with such mercies, as thou know-
est most expedient for the good of all
our souls, grant, O good Lord.

Whatsoever things are true, whatso-
ever things are honest, whatsoever things
are just, whatsoever things are pure,
whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoev-
er things are of good report, if there be
any virtue, and if there be any praise,
that I may think on these things, and
may do these things, grant, O good
Lord.

Finally, since this life must shortly
have an end; that mine may be con-
cluded with a truly christian death, a
death, perfectly void of sin and shame,
and (if such be thy good pleasure) as
free from pain as may be, grant, O good
Lord.

But above all, in regard it is appoint-
ed unto all men once to die, and after
that the judgment; that I may appear
with comfort, and find a favourable ac-
count, at the great and terrible tribunal
of thy Son JESUS CHRIST, who, I be-.
lieve shall come to be our Judge, grant,
O good Lord.

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